[Dixielandjazz] Blind Boone's Rag Medley No. 1

Walker, Maurice maurice.walker at gwl.com
Mon Feb 24 13:55:41 PST 2003

I am also interested in getting a score of Blind
Boone's ragtime medley No 1 if you or anyone else
on the djml knows of a source.
Dan Hardie
Check out the website:

This was published in Trebor Tichenor's Ragtime Rarities in 1975, along with
Medley No. 2 and 61 other rags.

See this link for a description, and for another link to Amazon where you
can order it:  


HOWEVER.  Be forewarned that this is possibly the worst-transcribed piece of
music I have ever seen.  There are wrong numbers of notes in several bars.
There is at least one section where the bar lines are mis-located by a half

While I was still with the Queen City Jazz Band, Hank Troy and I wanted to
arrange this for the QC Ragtime Ensemble (a subset of the full band).  We
struggled with the published chart for the reasons above and more.  Finally,
I was fortunate enough to make a tape of Trebor's own copy of the piano
roll, which resolved most of the issues.  I must say the piano roll made me
understand the contemporary descriptions of Boone's playing as "eccentric".
Anyway, we finally hashed out an arrangement for piano, banjo, tuba, and
drums that worked for us.  I've since worked out another version in the keys
of G and C for three banjos and tuba, and then distilled that into a solo
banjo version.  

All this should tell you that, even for all its difficulties, I have found
this to be a good piece of music, and worth putting in the struggle.

Maurie Walker 


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